February 11, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
Bahamas Habitat has established an online system for pilots flying Haiti relief missions to raise funding for their aircraft fuel. The new system is called Pilots Pay It Forward and is accessible through the company’s Web site.
“Our new system is going to make it possible for even more pilots to participate in our Haiti relief missions and allow pilots to easily come back to help again,” said John Armstrong, president of Bahamas Habitat.
Pilots, crew, and other volunteers can create a customized page with their unique story. Then they can promote to their network of friends and associates a request to support their flight missions. Donations are tracked for each pilot, and they are able to submit their fuel receipts for reimbursement against the funds they have raised.
Pilots also may help by donating online or by giving medical and other supplies.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
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